Saturday, April 20, 2024

Progressive Poem is Here!

Have you been following the progressive poem progress? I hope so! I'm happy to be number 20 in line for this growing tale. My couplet is at the boom and in bold.

cradled in stars, our planet sleeps,
clinging to tender dreams of peace
sister moon watches from afar,
singing lunar lullabies of hope.

almost dawn, I walk with others,
keeping close, my little brother.
hand in hand, we carry courage
escaping closer to the border

My feet are lightning;
My heart is thunder.
Our pace draws us closer
to a new land of wonder.

I bristle against rough brush—
poppies ahead brighten the browns.
Morning light won’t stay away—
hearts jump at every sound.

I hum my own little song
like ripples in a stream
Humming Mami’s lullaby
reminds me I have her letter

My fingers linger on well-worn creases,
shielding an address, a name, a promise–
Sister Moon will find always us
surrounding us with beams of kindness

But last night as we rested in the dusty field,
worries crept in about matters back home.
I huddled close to my brother. Tears revealed
the no-choice need to escape. I feel grown.

Leaving all I’ve ever known
the tender, heavy, harsh of home.
On to maybes, on to dreams,
on to whispers we hope could be.

But I don't want to whisper! I squeeze Manu's hand.
"¡Más cerca ahora!" Our feet pound the sand.
We race, we pant, we lean on each other
I open my canteen and drink gratefully

Thirst is slaked, but I know we’ll need
more than water to achieve our dreams.
Nights pass slowly, but days call for speed
through the highs and the lows, we live with extremes


Janet, hosted at Reflections on the Teche has the next couplet!
For the full schedule of participants, see the list below.

April 1 Patricia Franz at Reverie
April 2 Jone MacCulloch
April 3 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
April 4 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
April 5 Irene at Live Your Poem
April 6 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
April 7 Marcie Atkins
April 8 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town
April 9 Karen Eastlund
April 10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
April 11 Buffy Silverman
April 12 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
April 13 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
April 14 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
April 15 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
April 16 Sarah Grace Tuttle
April 17 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
April 18 Tabatha at Opposite of Indifference
April 19 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
April 20 Tricia Stohr-Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
April 21 Janet, hosted here at Reflections on the Teche
April 22 Mary Lee Hahn at A(nother) Year of Reading
April 23 Tanita Davis at (fiction, instead of lies)
April 24 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
April 25 Joanne Emery at Word Dancer
April 26 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
April 27 Donna Smith at Mainely Write
April 28 Dave at Leap of Dave
April 29 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
April 30 Michelle Kogan at More Art for All

Friday, April 19, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 19

Happy Poetry Friday! For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


This is just to say
poetry matters
Today and today
just people and paper, pen, poem
tiny dreams sprouting tall
Wonderful words
falling down the page
A lucky thing

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • This is Just to Say by Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski
  • Poetry Matters: Writing a Poem From the Inside Out by Ralph Fletcher 
  • Today and Today, haiku by Issa, pictures by G. Brian Karas
  • Just People and Other Poems for Young Readers & Paper/Pen/Poem: A Young Writer's Way to Begin, poems by Kathi Appelt, photographs by Kenneth Appelt
  • Tiny Dreams Sprounting Tall: Poems About the United States by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Wonderful Words: Poems About Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Karen Barbour
  • Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems, edited by Georgia Heard
  • A Lucky Thing by Alice Schertle, paintings by Wendell Minor
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.


This week, Poetry Friday is hosted by Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe. I hope you'll take some time to check out all things poetic being shared today.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 18

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


Subway sparrow
city hawk
honk, honk, goose
bird talk

Chatter, sing, roar, buzz
song of the wild
where I live 

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torres
  • City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male by Meghan McCarthy
  • Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family by April Pulley Sayre, illustrations by Huy Voun Lee
  • Bird Talk: What Birds Are Saying and Why by Lita Judge
  • Chatter, Sing, Roar, Buzz: Poems About the Rain Forest by Laura Purdie Salas
  • Song of the Wild: A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies, illustrations by Petr Horacek 
  • Where I Live by Eileen Spinelli, illustrations by Matt Phelan
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 17

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


I’m trying to love math
Marvelous math
  the numbers
   millions, billions, and trillions
    this plus that
Mesmerizing math
  when a line bends, a shape begins
   shapes, shapes, shapes
    seeing symmetry
Mystery math
  How many?
   Why Pi?
    Which one doesn’t belong?
Grasping mysteries
in the moment
learning to love math

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • I'm Trying to Love Math by Bethany Barton
  • Marvelous Math: A Book of Poems, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Karen Barbour
  • The Numbers (Mouse Books) by Monique Felix 
  • Millions, Billions, & Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers by David A. Adler, illustrations by Edward Miller
  • This Plus That: Life's Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrations by Jen Corace
  • Mesmerizing Math by Jonathan Litton, illustrations by Thomas Flintham 
  • When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrations by James Kaczman 
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban
  • Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy
  • Mystery Math: A First Book of Algebra by David A. Adler, illustrations by Edward Miller 
  • How Many? (Talking Math) by Christopher Danielson
  • Why Pi? by Johnny Ball
  • Which One Doesn't Belong?: A Shapes Book by Christopher Danielson
  • Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math by Jeannine Atkins
  • In the Moment: Conferring in the Elementary Math Classroom by Jen Munson
  • Learning to Love Math: Teaching Strategies That Change Student Attitudes and Get Results by Judy Willis
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 16

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


The year comes round
a new school year
Let's go!
The song shoots out of my mouth
O Frabjous day!
Hello school!

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • The Year Comes Round: Haiku through the Seasons by Sid Farrar, illustrations by Ilse Plume
  • A New School Year: Stories in Six Voices by Sally Derby, illustrations by Mika Song
  • Let's Go!: The Story of Getting from There to Here by Lizann Flatt, illustrations by Scot Ritchie 
  • The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth by Jaime Adoff, illustrations by Martin French
  • O Frabjous Day!: Poetry for Holidays and Special Occasions, edited by Myra Cohn Livingston
  • Hello School! by Dee Lillegard, illustrations by Don Carter
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Monday, April 15, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 15

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Leaf by leaf
swirl by swirl
down ... down ... down
Wonder fall
Roots and blues
Forest has a song

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Leaf by Leaf: Autumn Poems selected by Barbara Rogasky, photographs by Marc Tauss
  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman, pictures by Beth Krommes
  • Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins
  • Wonderfall by Michael Hall
  • Roots and Blues: A Celebration by Arnold Adoff, paintings by R. Gregory Christie
  • Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrations by Robbin Gourley
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 14

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


Sky scrape, city scape
come with me
A city is
home to me
New York
Hello, hello!
Here I am 
home, sweet home

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Sky Scrape/City Scape: Poems of City Life by Jane Yolen, illustrations by Ken Condon 
  • Come With Me: Poems For a Journey by Naomi Shihab Nye, images by Dan Yaccarino
  • A City Is by Norman Rosten, illustrations by Melanie Hope Greenberg
  • Home to Me: Poems Across America, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Stephen Alcorn
  • New York (State Shapes) by Erik Bruun, illustrations by Rick Peterson
  • Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel
  • Here I Am by Patti Kim, pictures by Sonia Sánchez
  • Home, Sweet Home: What Makes a House a Home? by Moira Butterfield, illustrations by Clair Rossiter
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Saturday, April 13, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 13

 For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


Looking down
the microscope
Can you see what I see?
A drop of water
strange creatures
least things
ten times better

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Looking Down by Steve Jenkins
  • The Microscope by Maxine Kumin, pictures by Arnold Lobel
  • Can You See What I See?: On the Road by Walter Wick
  • A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick
  • Strange Creatures: The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum by Lita Judge
  • Least Things: Poems About Small Natures by Jane Yolen, photographs by Jason Stemple
  • Ten Times Better by Richard Michelson, paintings by Leonard Baskin
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Friday, April 12, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 12

Happy Poetry Friday! For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Fireflies at midnight
flicker flash
light up the night
sky magic

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer, pictures by Ken Robbins 
  • Flicker Flash by Joan Bransfield Graham, illustrations by Nancy Davis
  • Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy, pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
  • Sky Magic, compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrations by Mariusz Stawarski
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.


This week, Poetry Friday is hosted by Jone Rush MacCulloch. I hope you'll take the time to check out all things poetic being shared today.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 11

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Today's poem is a little different. This is my attempt at using book titles to fashion a "Where I'm From" poem in the style of George Ella Lyons. You will see it is created in a series of book stack stanzas, using the same title to begin each one. I hope you learn a little about me, as this is an autobiographical poem. 

I'm from
Children of the Great Depression
the button box
the hard-times jar
earn it
save it
waiting is not easy

I'm from
chalk
kitchen science
handsprings
summersaults
messing around on the monkey bars

I'm from
gone fishing
toasting marshmallows
a walk in the woods
follow the moon home
finding wonders
the pebble in my pocket

I'm from
four seasons make a year
love that dog
let me fix you a plate
museum trip
there's a map on my lap
are we there yet?

I’m from
that’s a possibility
count on me
we all play
ALL are welcome
friends beyond measure

Where are you from?

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.


Sources
  • I'm From by Gary R. Gray, Jr., pictures by Oge Mora
  • Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
  • The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid, illustrations by Sarah Chamberlain
  • The Hard-Times Jar by Ethel Footman Smothers, illustrations by John Holyfield
  • Earn It!: A Moneybunny Book by Cinders McLeod 
  • Save It!: A Moneybunny Book by Cinders McLeod 
  • Waiting Is Not Easy!-An Elephant and Piggie Book by Mo Willems
  • Chalk by Bill Thomson
  • Kitchen Science by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone 
  • Handsprings by Douglas Florian
  • Summersaults by Douglas Florian
  • Messing Around on the Monkey Bars: and Other School Poems for Two Voices by Betsy Franco, illustrations by Jessie Hartland 
  • Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrations by Matthew Cordell 
  • Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O'Connell George, illustrations by Kate Kiesler 
  • A Walk in the Woods by Nikki Grimes, illustrations by Jerry Pinkney and Brian Pinkney 
  • Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illustrations by Meilo So
  • Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science by Jeannine Atkins
  • The Pebble in My Pocket: A History of Our Earth by Meredith Hooper, illustrations by Chris Coady 
  • Four Seasons Make a Year by Anne Rockwell, illustrations by Megan Halsey 
  • Love That Dog by Sharon Creech 
  • Let Me Fix You a Plate: A Tale of Two Kitchens by Elizabeth Lilly
  • Museum Trip by Barbara Lehman
  • There's a Map on My Lap! All About Maps (The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Tish Rabe, illustrations by Aristides Ruiz 
  • Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
  • That's a Possibility!: A Book About What Might Happen by Bruce Goldstone
  • Count on Me by Miguel Tanco
  • We All Play by Julie Flett 
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold, illustrations by Suzanne Kaufman
  • Friends Beyond Measure by Lalena Fisher
  • Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrations by Jaime Kim
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 10

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Blooming beneath the sun
the Earth is painted green
Redwoods
grow
up tall and high
no two alike
between earth and sky

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Blooming Beneath the Sun, poems by Christina Rosetti, art by Ashley Bryan
  • The Earth Is Painted Green: A Garden of Poems About Our Planet, edited by Barbara Brenner, illustrations by S.D. Schindler
  • Redwoods by Jason Chin
  • Grow: A Novel in Verse by Juanita Havill, illustrations by Stanislawa Kodman
  • Up! Tall! And High! by Ethan Long
  • No Two Alike by Keith Baker
  • Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places by Joseph Bruchac, illustrations by Thomas Locker
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 9

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

In the middle of the night
a crack in the clouds
one big rain
tap dancing on the roof

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrations by Angela Matteson
  • A Crack In the Clouds and Other Poems by Constance Levy, illustrations by Robin Bell Corfield
  • One Big Rain: Poems for Rainy Days compiled by Rita Gray, illustrations by Bryan O'Rourke
  • Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems) by Linda Sue Park, pictures by Istvan Banyai
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Monday, April 08, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 8

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

All the world
Is ... was ...
oodles of animals
green on green
All different now
where once there was a wood
hard hat area
To change a planet
THINK BIG
Handle with care
Let it begin here

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrations by Marla Frazee
  • Is  was by Deborah Freedman
  • Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert
  • Green on Green by Dianne White, illustrations by Felicita Sala
  • All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom by Angela Johnson, illustrations by E.B. Lewis
  • Where Once There Was a Wood by Denise Fleming
  • Hard Hat Area by Susan L. Roth
  • To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat, illustrations by Rachele Jomepour Bell
  • Think Big by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrations by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
  • Handle With Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns, photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz
  • Let It Begin Here! by Don Brown
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Sunday, April 07, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 7

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Near one cattail
frogs sing songs
Hidden in the grass
a nest full of eggs
A celebration of bees
flip, float, fly
Red sings from treetops
and then it’s spring

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Near One Cattail: Turtles, Logs, and Leaping Frogs by Anthony D. Fredericks, illustrations by Jennifer DiRabbio
  • Frogs Sing Songs by Yvonne Winer, illustrations by Tony Oliver
  • Hidden in the Grass by Barbara Taylor
  • A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins, illustrations by Lizzy Rockwell
  • A Celebration of Bees: Helping Children to Write Poetry by Barbara Juster Esbensen
  • Red Sings From Treetops: A Year In Colors by Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Pamela Zagarenski
  • And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrations by Erin E. Stead.
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Saturday, April 06, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 6

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Hidden
underground
seeds
listen to the wind
twist
jump at the sun
planting the wild garden

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Hidden by Loic Dauvillier, illustrations by Marc Lizano, ink by Greg Salsedo
  • Underground by Shane Evans
  • Seeds by Ken Robbins
  • Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Gred & Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth, collages by Susan L. Roth
  • Twist: Yoga Poems by Janet S. Wong, artwork by Julie Paschkis
  • Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston by Alicia D. Williams, illustrations by Jacqueline Alcántara
  • Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn O. Galbraith, illustrations by Wendy Anderson Halperin
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

Friday, April 05, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 5

Happy Poetry Friday! For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.


How To Be a Butterfly

Step gently out
flutter and hum
you can fly!

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • How To Be a Butterfly by Laura Knowles, pictures by Catell Ronca
  • Step Gently Out by Helen Frost, illustrations by Rick Lieder
  • Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems = Aleteo y zumbido: Poemas de Animales by Julie Paschkis
  • You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrations by Jeffery Boston Weatherford
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

April 1 
April 2
April 3
April 4

This week, Poetry Friday is hosted by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem. I hope you'll take the time to check out all things poetic being shared today.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 4

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Outside your window
a nest is noisy
the company of crows
talk, talk, squawk!
Joyful noise

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrations by Mark Hearld
  • A Nest is Noisy by Diana Hutts Aston, illustrations by Sylvia Long
  • The Company of Crows: A Book of Poems by Marilyn Singer, illustrations by Linda Saport
  • Talk, Talk, Squawk!: A Human's Guide to Animal Communication by Nicola Davies, illustrations by Neal Clayton
  • Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman, illustrations by Eric Beddows
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

April 1 
April 2
April 3

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 3

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

Waiting for high tide
sand
skin of a fish, bones of a bird
a suitcase of seaweed
an old shell
rare treasure
a world of wonders

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Waiting for High Tide by Nikki McClure
  • Sand by Ellen Prager, illustrations by Nancy Woodman
  • Skin of a Fish, Bones of a Bird by Helen Frost
  • A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems by Janet S. Wong 
  • An Old Shell: Poems of the Galapagos by Tony Johnston, pictures by Tom Pohrt
  • Rare Treasure: Mary Anning and Her Remarkable Discoveries by Don Brown
  • A World of Wonders: Geographic Travels in Verse and Rhyme by J. Patrick Lewis, pictures by Alison Jay
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

April 1 
April 2

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 2

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems. This poem was inspired by Cole Brauer, the first American woman to race solo nonstop around the world.

Over and under the waves
water sings blue
trailblazers
sail away
reaching for the moon
The sky's the limit

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • Over and Under the Waves by Kate Messner, art by Christopher Silas Neal
  • Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs, illustrations by Meilo So
  • Trailblazers: Poems of Exploration by Bobbi Katz, art by Carin Berger
  • Sail Away: Poems by Langston Hughes, art by Ashley Bryan
  • Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin, paintings by Wendell Minor
  • The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discoveries by Women and Girls by Catherine Thimmesh, illustrations by Melissa Sweet
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together. You can find other poems I've written this month at the links below.

April 1 

Monday, April 01, 2024

NPM 2024 - Book Spine Poem 1

For National Poetry Month this year, I am perusing my bookshelves and building book spine poems.

At this very moment
beneath the sun
birds build nests
butterflies fly
an island grows
The world is waiting for you

Sources
  • At This Very Moment by Jim Arnosky
  • Beneath the Sun by Melissa Stewart, illustrations by Constance R. Bergum
  • Birds Build Nests by Yvonne Winer, illustrations by Tony Oliver
  • Butterflies Fly by Yvonne Winer, illustrations by Karen Lloyd-Jones
  • An Island Grows by Lola Schaefer, illustrations by Cathie Felstead
  • The World Is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley
I hope you'll come back again to see what new poem I've cobbled together.

Friday, March 29, 2024

National Poetry Month 2024

This year for National Poetry Month, I've decided to celebrate by writing book spine poems. I figure this is a great way for me to revisit the books on my shelves and dig deep into poetry and children's literature.

Here's a sneak peak.


In the sea
on the wing
between earth and sky
light and shadow
Everything is a poem

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

Sources
  • In the Sea by David Elliott, illustrations by Holly Meade
  • On the Wing by David Elliott, illustrations by Becca Stadtlander
  • Between Earth & Sky: Legends of Native American Sacred Places by Joseph Bruchac, illustrations by Thomas Locker
  • Light & Shadow by Myra Cohn Livingston, photographs by Barbara Rogasky
  • Everything is a Poem: The Best of J. Patrick Lewis by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrations by Maria Christina Pritelli

It will be a fun month. I do hope you'll join me.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Poetry Friday and Pantoums

Welcome to Poetry Friday! I'm so happy to be hosting you here today. I normally round up old-school style, but I'm trying InLinkz today. We'll see how it goes. 

I particularly love hosting on the last Friday of the month, when my poetry sisters and I write to a new prompt. This month's challenge was to write a pantoum that included an animal. Here is an introduction to the form from Poets.org.

The pantoum originated in Malaysia in the fifteenth-century as a short folk poem, typically made up of two rhyming couplets that were recited or sung. However, as the pantoum spread, and Western writers altered and adapted the form, the importance of rhyming and brevity diminished. 

I was worried about the rhyme scheme, but letting go of this requirement made experimenting with this form easier. A pantoum is made up of stanzas of four lines where lines 2 and 4 of each stanza are repeated as lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza. In some versions, the final stanza uses the 3rd and 1st lines of the first stanza for lines 2 and 4. In this case, every line in the poem is used twice. In other versions, the final stanza uses only three repeating lines, with the first line of the poem repeated as the last line.

I'm still heartbroken over the loss of my sweet Cooper, who's been gone just under two weeks. My poem is for him.

Cooper's Pantoum

If I am missing you
I will not declare it
speaking it aloud makes it real
I'll quietly profess my love instead

I do not declare it
but still ache from your loss
I quietly profess my love
on morning walks alone

I still ache from your loss
watching other dogs sets me back
on morning walks alone
I take your favorite paths

Watching other dogs sets me back
will I love another as I have loved you?
I take your favorite paths
and with my heart remember

Will I love another as I have loved you?
speaking it aloud makes it real
With all my heart I remember
that I am missing you

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

You can find the poems shared by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

    Would you like to try the next challenge? In April we’re exploring the work of Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard’s Welcome to the Wonder House, and noodling through answers to what we consider to "unanswerable questions." What do ants sound like? How do stars sing? Let's WONDER as we wander through the natural world - and ask and answer those wonderings in whatever way which appeals to you. Are you in? Good! You have a month to craft your creation and share it on April 26th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems!  

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    Friday, February 23, 2024

    Poetry Sisters Write Epistolary Poems

    The challenge this month was to write an epistolary poem in the form of a love letter or Valentine. I missed our Zoom on Sunday, so I have no idea what approach my poetry peeps are taking. I hadn't given the topic of this one much thought until I sat down to write and decided to address some very sad news I received this week. 

    This is my buddy Cooper. We rescued him about 6 weeks after our first rescue, Sydney, was put to sleep following a short and nasty battle with cancer. In just a few days we'll celebrate Cooper's 10th "Gotcha" Day. 

    This is Cooper on February 26, 2014, his first day in his forever home.

    This is Cooper enjoying a Pup Cup after a visit to the vet on Tuesday.

    Here's my poem.

    Love Letter to My Dying Dog

    Dearest Cooper,

    It's sad really
    how often you're called by something 
    other than your given name
      Stinky Breath
       Honey Bunny
        Butt Licker
         Goodyear
          Asshat
    I hope you can forgive your father
    that last one
    Your penchant for eating couch cushions 
    and stealing his sandwiches 
    has made him perpetually grumpy

    I adore you, you know
    there was never any question of it
    You wormed your way into my heart
    the first time I laid eyes on you
    You were a scrawny thing 
    a counter surfer from day one
    as life on the streets taught you to
    grab any food you could find 
    to survive

    Survive you did 
    but more than that 
    you thrived
    giving and receiving more love 
    than we ever imagined
    Your deafness was a hurdle
    we learned to negotiate
    but sometimes I think 
    you were happy  
    to tune out the world 
    live in the silence of your head
    you were never bothered by 
    thunder or fireworks
    like your predecessor was

    You reluctantly tolerated the old girl
    we rescued during COVID
    showing first your anger and disdain
    (you didn't sleep with me for weeks!)
    until you adopted an air of 
    casual indifference
    It was clear, however
    that you missed her 
    once she was gone

    Do you know that 
    I'm marking time now?
    That extra treats and kisses
    signal the beginning 
    of the end?
    That your days have been numbered
    by cancer's ugly return?
    My heart longs for more
      More walks
       More hugs
        More time
    But I also pray for less
      Less pain
       Less heartache
        Less loss

    I know there will be tears
    and sadness
    I will embrace them 
    while I see you through this
    long goodbye
    I will be by your side
    to the very end
    You'll never have to wonder
    how I feel about you
    my beautiful, sweet boy

    Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2024. All rights reserved.

    You can find the poems shared by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

      Would you like to try the next challenge? In March, we’re writing in the form of the pantoum. The pantoum is a Malaysian verse form comprised of a series of quatrains, with the second and fourth lines of each quatrain repeated as the first and third lines of the next. You can learn more about this form at The Philadelphia Writer's Workshop and Masterclass. Are you in? Good! You have a month to craft your creation and share it on March 29th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems!  

      Please take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference. Happy poetry Friday, friends!